As a three time member of USA Powerlifting’s world team, I get the opportunity to work with many outstanding coaches and leaders in the strength and conditioning community. James Townsend is one of those illustrious few. He has a myriad of knowledge and characteristics that put him so far above others in the field of strength and conditioning.

James coached me in preparation for the 2013 International Powerlifting Federations Open World Championships held in Stavanger, Norway. James handled my programming, nutrition, and analyzed my technique on every exercise. James instruction for this time period led to a person record total and 10th place overall finish in the weight category.

James and I worked together the 2015 International Powerlifting Federation World Championships held in Hamm, Luxemburg. This competition performance included a 821 lbs/372.5 kgs squat, 672 lbs/305kgs gold medal bench press, and a 622 lbs /282.5 kgs deadlift for a 2116 lbs/960 kgs total and 5th place finish in the 231 lbs/105 kgs weight category.  A 154 lbs total increase on the international level since James has been involved in my competition preparation.

James demonstrates an uncommon level of dedication, and whatever he sets his mind to, both he and the athletes he coaches accomplish. It is this type of dogged determination even when days are long and hard.

James’s character is above reproach. James is the type of man that will be where is supposed to be doing what he is supposed to be doing. Without reservation, I recommend him as a coach for anyone’s needs from the novice level to the international level. 

Charlie Conner, Teacher and Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, Daniel Boone High School

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